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Journey Journal: Day 24

Day 24: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday was an interesting day, to say the least. I had a good day of work, followed by a first: an iridology appointment with a nutritionist. Before you think I’ve jumped off an all-natural cliff into the looney bin, I received a gift certificate from a friend for a free consult, and thought it would be worth it to see if there was any  relevancy to the science. I filled out some basic information, then had a large magnifying lens held up to my eyes, as the nutritionist studied the blood vessels and patterns of my irises with some light, looking for inflammation and other marks. Below is a typical chart that iridologists and nutritionists use:

iris chartThe nutritionist that looked at my irises told me that I had a strong constitution, but that I had a severe intolerance, if not an allergy, to dairy products. I knew I was somewhat sensitive to dairy, but she told me that if the lymphatic system was overly taxed by fighting the dairy, it could adversely affect my thyroid and/or heart. (I will have to do some research on this, of course. So far, I do not have any problems with either, but it did make me want to get off the dairy, at least for a trial period.) So, I am cutting out dairy from my diet for at least a month, maybe two, to see if I can see any change. She also said (because of my blood type and eye color) that “Cardio exercise is like eating for you–don’t go a day without it.” So, meanwhile, I’ll be increasing my workouts and water intake and replacing the cream in my coffee with almond milk and coconut milk.

After the nutritionist appointment, I had coffee with a new friend downtown. We had a good time laughing and sharing what God had been doing in our lives. It was a good night.


Book Review: The Herb Book, A Complete Guide to Growing and Using Herbs by Jennie Harding

256 pages. Absolutely beautiful! This book gives a wonderful history of herbs, guide to soil sampling and growing herbs, a full display of recipes using herbs. It also gives many examples of herbs used medicinally or to improve your healthy lifestyle, which herbs affect which body system, and how to make herbal waters and herb-infused essential oils. The last section of the book is an alphabetical list of herbs with pictures, which part to use, and how, culinary and medicinal uses.

Unfortunately, I can’t find this book anywhere online. However, the author has another book with a very similar ISBN, called The Herb Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing and Using Herbs. Since the second half of the title is the same as the book I reviewed, my assumption is that it’s just an updated version. I got my copy at T.J. Maxx for $5. Amazon has The Herb Bible available for $8. It’s also available in Spanish!